Web Conferencing Options

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Instructors have access to a variety of tools, supported by the University for meeting with students, either in lecture format, smaller groups or even individually. All these tools are easy to use, intuitive, and free for U of G faculty, staff and students.

Options for Capturing Lectures
Features Virtual Classroom Zoom Pro Zoom Webinars WebEx Events Microsoft Teams
Max Live Participants 150 300+* 500/1000* 1000 250
Capture/Record Lectures yes. yes. yes. yes. yes.
Share a Presentation yes. yes. yes. yes. yes.
Annotate Presentation yes. no. yes. yes. no.
Share/Stream Video Content yes. yes. yes. yes. yes.
Whiteboard yes. yes. yes. yes. yes.
Public Chat yes. yes. yes. yes. yes.
Breakout Room 6 50 no. 0 50
Invite External Participants yes. yes. yes. yes. yes.
CourseLink Integration yes. yes. no. no. no.
Supported by OpenEd OpenEd OpenEd CCS CCS

Table Key: yes. = yes,  no. = no

*For an additional cost, add-ons are available for 500 and 1000 participants.

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Virtual Classroom 

CourseLink's Virtual Classroom tool is an integrated web-conferencing tool that allows for lectures to be live-streamed for up to 150 students. For the purpose of academic continuity, hosted live online synchronous lectures take place during the regularly scheduled face-to-face time and students watch it simultaneously. While the lecture is streaming, students can use the chat function to engage in a discussion. Lectures can also be recorded from within this tool and later viewed in CourseLink for those students who could not watch them simultaneously. 

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Cisco WebEx 

The Cisco WebEx web-conferencing tool is available for larger courses, of up to 1000 students, and is centrally supported by the University. Students don't have to log in to view the live stream. 

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Microsoft Teams 

Office 365 Teams is a collaboration service that provides shared conversation spaces to help teams coordinate and communicate information. Teams delivers chat-based collaboration, calling, meetings, and live events, so you can expand the audience of your meetings. 

Microsoft 365 live events bring live video streaming to a new level, encouraging connection throughout the entire engagement lifecycle with attendees before, during, and after live events. You can create a live event wherever your audience, team, or community resides, using Microsoft Stream, Teams or Yammer. Teams live events is an extension of Teams meetings, enabling users to broadcast video and meeting content to a large online audience. These are meant for one-to-many communications where the host of the event is leading the interactions and audience participation is primarily to view the content shared by host. 

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